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The shift lever on the steering wheel seems to be disconnected. You can move it back and forth, but there is no changing of gears sound. It just is kind of free floating.

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There is a tranny linkage between the shifter and the transmission, attached by a bolt in the end, the bolt could have fallen off.

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